This year’s Black Friday will be different for retail store shoppers, but it’s pretty much business as usual for us plug-in patrons. Software developers and marketplaces are all planning on slashing prices for Black Friday, so we’ve compiled a list of the best online deals for new plug-ins, DAWs, samples and subscriptions.
Plugin Boutique has some mammoth discounts on individual plug-ins and bundles, with up to 95 per cent off selected products. Arturia is offering 50 per cent discounts across its flagship titles, while sample pack newcomer Bvker is giving away 3.91 GB of 2925 samples for just $20. DAW-makers have been updating their music-making software and are celebrating with introductory prices, so those looking to get into music production can get involved for less, too.
This is a rolling list that will be updated as more deals come in.
The latest Black Friday deals at a glance:
- Plugin Boutique – Up to 95% off individual plug-ins and bundles, including Sonnox Inflator and iZotope Holiday Bundle, among many others.
- IK Multimedia – 50% off AmpliTube Joe Satriani and Brian May and more
- Arturia – 50% off V Collection, FX Collection and Pigments
- Baby Audio – Up to 40% off all plug-ins
- EastWest – 60% off a vast range of products, including Hollywood Backup Singers
- AIR Music Technology – Loom II available for €4.90, usually €149
- FL Studio – Over 50% discount on FL Studio All Plugins Edition
- Time + Space – Big savings on a wide range of virtual instruments and soft synths, including Toontrack and SoundYeti
- Bvker – Black Friday Bundle 2020 comprising four of Bvker’s biggest sample packs for $20.
- Waves – Savings on individual plug-ins and up to 50% discount when purchasing multiple plug-ins
- Output – Over 35% off all software, including the Output Bundle which is £494, usually £2,278.
- Softube – New savings on different products every weekend
- Ableton – Save 20% on Live 10 and get a free upgrade to Live 11
The best Black Friday software deals for producers:
Plugin Boutique: Up to 95% off bundles and individual plug-in
Plugin Boutique is widely known for its jaw-dropping discounts, and the marketplace is really going to town on Black Friday. It hosts software from an expansive amount of brands, with most discounts running through until early December – some are running all the way into January. Plus, with any purchase, you can choose a free plug-in, courtesy of Plugin Boutique.
Our pick: The discount on the iZotope Holiday Bundle is a no-brainer, saving you £726 on its Element Suite, Iris 2, Trash 2 and its expansions, R2, Excalibur and PhoenixVerb. Nine plug-ins for £42? Bargain.
Check out the deals at pluginboutique.com.
IK Multimedia: 50% off AmpliTube Joe Satriani and Brian May and more
Off the back of its major update to Amplitube, Italian software developer IK Multimedia is offering huge discounts across many of its online products. Not only is Amplitube 5 available at a special introductory price, but you can also get up to 50 per cent off amp simulations from Joe Satriani and Brian May, plus some T-RackS effects.
Our pick: IK has extended an offer on its Total Studio Spectacular II software bundle, slashing the original price by 75 per cent. This gives you tons of amp models from iconic brands, classic analogue synth emulations, professional-grade mixing and mastering plug-ins and so much more. This bundle is sure to give your productions the edge it needs. Catch this deal before it ends on 30 November.
Browse the discounts at ikmultimedia.com.
Arturia: 50% off V Collection, FX Collection and Pigments
French brand Arturia is renowned for its faithful emulations of classic analogue icons, including those of the UREI 1176, Fairlight CMI, Minimoog, Fender Rhodes, and CS-80. This Black Friday, you can get your hands on all of the above and more for half price. V Collection 7, FX Collection and Pigments are all on offer until 6 December and if you’re already an Arturia customer, you might be eligible for even further discounts.
Our pick: We said in our review of V Collection 7 that at €499, it’s ridiculously good value for money. What does that mean when it’s now priced at €249, then? Don’t miss the boat on this one.
Find out more about Arturia’s sale here.
Baby Audio: Up to 40% off all plug-ins
Baby Audio has stunned us with its affordable multi-effects plug-ins, designed to help make your life easier and your project tidier. Need parallel compression? Spank your audio with I Heart NY, and add extra heat with Parallel Aggressor. Going lo-fi? Boot up the VCR with Super VHS. Need some space? Get seriously saucy delay with Comeback Kid. All are on sale this Black Friday with up to 40 per cent discount. Alternatively, purchase all four as a bundle for $69, down from $176, or as various different bundles. This sweet deal runs until 6 December.
Our pick: It’s hard to single out just one of these low-cost plug-ins, as they can easily be a plug-in folder favourite for years to come. The simplicity and versatility of Baby Audio’s Comeback Kid, however, will likely have you singing “Baby, come back!”.
Simplify your production process and check out Baby Audio’s plug-ins at babyaud.io
EastWest: 60% off a vast range of products
Unique virtual instrument virtuoso EastWest is offering 60 per cent discounts across all of its products this month. Among those, of course, is the recent Hollywood Backup Singers, which has earned a nomination for our Gear of the Year awards and is really one-of-a-kind. You can also save 45 per cent on ComposerCloud X, giving you all 67 collections that include over 40,000 Instruments.
Our pick: If you’re eyeing up any of these instruments, it’s definitely worth going for the ComposerCloud one-year subscription. Not only will you get access to the collection you desire, but also to the other 66 fantastic collections EastWest has created.
Check out the Eastwest collections at soundsonline.com
FL Studio: Over 50% discount on FL Studio All Plugins Edition
The full version of Image-Line’s well-loved DAW, FL Studio, gets a price drop this November, now available for £305 – that’s a £365 discount. There’s a plethora of tools, effects and instruments in this bundle that will get you set up with all you need for serious beat-making. FL Studio All Plugins Edition will return to its regular price on 30 November.
Get the full version of FL Studio at image-line.com
Time + Space: Savings on Toontrack, SoundYeti and more
Home of Toontrack, Zero-G, Rob Papen and plenty more revered brands, Time + Space is hosting a pretty impressive Black Friday sale. With savings of up to 90% across a wide range of virtual instruments, samples, mixing tools and synths, you’re sure to find something that will enhance your productions and creativity here. The deal end date varies for each product, so make sure to check in regularly to catch the best deal.
Our pick: Sound Yeti has kicked off its Black Friday sale with up to 52% off its impressive Kontakt instruments, including the Sound Yeti Ambition Bundle, exclusive to Time+Space. There’s some serious sound in these libraries, so be sure to check them out.
Browse the Black Friday sale at timespace.com
Bvker: Black Friday Bundle 2020
German sample creator Bvker is new to the scene, but that hasn’t stopped the company from offering a whopping 2925 files for $20, bringing the price down from $160. You’ll get over 400 Serum presets, 1057 drum shots, 156 MIDI files, 219 effects loops and much, much more. This offer will run until Black Friday comes to a close, so if you’re on the hunt for some fresh, inspiring sounds, get involved.
Grab a ton of new samples at bvker.com
Waves: Up to 50% discounts on all purchases
One of the most recognised plug-in creators in the industry is kicking off its Black Friday celebrations with some Early Bird Bonus Savings. 20 of Waves‘ plug-ins are included in the offer, with up to 91 per cent savings on individual plug-ins. If you’re in need of a few additions to your arsenal, Waves has a bundle deal in which 30 per cent off a second plug-in, 40 per cent off a third plug-in and 50 per cent off the fourth plug-in and beyond.
Our pick: The Chris Lord-Alge Signature Series comprises six plug-ins for mixing vocals, guitars, bass, drums and more, created with Grammy-winning mixing engineer Chris Lord-Alge. You can save 85 per cent on this pack, now costing just $60.
Grab some early savings at waves.com
Output: Over 35% off all software
Californian audio brand Output has created an impressive suite of plug-ins over the last few years, many of which can be found in the plug-in folders of the most revered producers on the planet. This November, the company’s entire software catalogue has been discounted by 35 per cent. That includes Thermal, Portal, Rev, and much more, plus all 22 expansions until 6 December.
Our pick: If 35 per cent off all Output’s software wasn’t enough to pique your interest, perhaps the discount on the Output Bundle will be. Usually, you’d be forking out £2,278 for the sounds used on Black Panther and tracks by Diplo, Coldplay and Rihanna. For Black Friday, you can grab the bundle for just £494. Nice.
Inspire yourself with some new sounds at output.com
Softube: Black November
In usual Softube fashion, Black Friday is unfolding in a slightly different way for the Swedish software developer. Every weekend, a new set of deals will appear on the Softube website and will only be available for that weekend. Then, on 23 November, the brand will unveil Black Week sales, followed by its Black Friday sales on 26 November and its Cyber Monday offers on 30 November. Needless to say, there’s plenty to get your hands on if you can keep up this month.
Keep updated on the latest deals at softube.com
AIR Music Technology: Loom II for under €5
In need of a new synth? It’s hard to say no to AIR Music Technology‘s Black Friday offer, in which Loom 2 costs just €4.90. The additive synth would usually set you back €149, so this deal shouldn’t be one to hesitate about. Still, if you do need some time to consider the purchase, you’ve got until 7 December. Check out this overview video to find out more.
Purchase Loom 2 at thomann.de
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